Louie's Search

Louie's Search

by Ezra Jack Keats
     
 

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When Louie goes looking for a father, he meets Barney. Barney accuses Louie of stealing a music box from his truck, but Louie says he didn't do it. It's up to Louie's mother to settle the conflict and reveal that meeting Barney may be the beginning of the end of Louie's search. This heartwarming tale features the same collage art and colorful urban setting that are

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Overview

When Louie goes looking for a father, he meets Barney. Barney accuses Louie of stealing a music box from his truck, but Louie says he didn't do it. It's up to Louie's mother to settle the conflict and reveal that meeting Barney may be the beginning of the end of Louie's search. This heartwarming tale features the same collage art and colorful urban setting that are featured in Keats' popular books A Letter to Amy and Peter's Chair.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
" `What kind of neighborhood is this?' thought Louie. `Nobody notices a kid around here.' " Fans of Ezra Jack Keats will recognize his signature collage style in Louie's Search, in which the young hero finds a special companion in his neighborhood. First published in 1980, Keats's message still applies: love can be found in the most unusual places. ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In Louie's Search, Ezra Jack Keats tells the story of a young boy who goes for a walk through his neighborhood searching for a father. When he picks up a music box that falls off of a truck, what he finds is trouble. The man who owns the truck mistakes Louis for a thief and chases him home. Both the text and the illustrations in the book provide the mood and humor of this story. The pictures are incredibly rich with color and animation, developing the story as it grows and changes. As the text reflects Louie's hopeful attitude at the beginning of his search, the bright colors depict the characters in humorous ways. The colors slowly darken, as the tone of the text grows more cynical, creating a shadow of darkness for the man who is angry with Louie. Each page is covered in vivid watercolors depicting the emotional journey of a lost boy until he finds his father. Although this book does have a happy ending (Louis does in fact find a father), readers could misconstrue the message as implying that all a young boy has to do to find a father is go looking for attention. Despite this overly simplistic message, the book is a fun and creative read that children at any reading level could enjoy. 2001 (orig.1980), Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers,
— Kate Kirkman <%ISBN%>0140567615

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140567618
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
592,154
Product dimensions:
9.03(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.09(d)
Lexile:
AD90L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats’ legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter—the star of The Snowy DayWhistle for WilliePeter's ChairA Letter to AmyGoggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at www.ezra-jack-keats.org

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 11, 1916
Date of Death:
May 6, 1983
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Education:
Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City

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